Google’s new Music service is so simple, it doesn’t have any links or buttons. They didn’t even need a period at the end of the second sentence:
I’ve always liked the idea of using a live performance for a music video. Not necessarily concert footage - it could be live to camera just for the video. The band Hey Rosetta! (the exclamation mark is theirs) have done just this in their beautiful and affecting video for the song Bandages. It was filmed “in and around St. John's, Newfoundland.”
“I’m trying not to write songs about how much I hate getting up at 5:30 am with the baby. It’s so boring but that’s all I know these days.”
Chris, I would love to hear that song.
The New York Times has a well-executed presentation of various audio recordings from the FAA, NORAD, and American Airlines from September 11, 2001. The clips are presented in chronological order with both audio and text. The effect is chilling.
This mix of dozens of YouTube clips of musicians covering Radiohead’s Paranoid Android is a remarkable editing job:
Thanks to Paul Kim for sharing.
On their 20th anniversary as a band, Sloan has release their best album in a while. The Double Cross arranges song order, bleeds one song into another, and calls back to hooks from other songs in the way that made their 1998 album, Navy Blues, so amazing.
Like all of their albums, The Double Cross can be streamed for free or purchased in digital form (even in FLAC, audio nerds) from their website.
There is also a great series of short interviews with the band about the new album, and with other artists about their love of Sloan over the last 20 years.
A friend and client, Luis von Ahn, gave a great TEDx Talk at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Luis runs through the creation of the captcha, his project reCAPTCHA, and his new language learning project, Duolingo.
One of my favourite things about working with Luis, is that one of his lead developers and co-founder of Duolingo is actually blessed with the name Severin Hacker.
Reporting today on location in sunny Mountain View, California and the lovely Mozilla headquarters.
I’m doing a talk in the Mozilla lounge about the history of the mozilla websites called A Brief History Mozilla.com (and .org) today (April 12, 2011) at 12:30PM Pacific time (4:30pm Atlantic time for those back home on Prince Edward Island). The talk will be streamed live from the Air Mozilla website. Come watch.
The slides for the presentation are available in a few different formats. The video will also be archived - I’ll update this post with links when the video is available.
Update: Video of the talk is now available download or watch directly (if you have Firefox 4+ or Chrome): A Brief History Mozilla.com (and .org) - 14Mb Ogg Theora file (35 min). The lighting in the video favours the slides, so you can't really see me. Just picture someone handsome and dynamic in the dark to the left of the slides.